Error message when you visit a Web site that is hosted on a server that is running Internet Information Services 7.0: "HTTP Error 404.13 - CONTENT_LENGTH_TOO_LARGE"

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario. You have a Web site that is hosted on a server that is running Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0. When a user visits this Web site, the user receives an error message that resembles the following error message:
Server Error in Application "application name"
HTTP Error 404.13 - CONTENT_LENGTH_TOO_LARGE
HRESULT: 0
Description of HRESULT # The operation completed successfully.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the client request contains a Content-Length header that is larger than the value that is specified for this header in the maxAllowedContentLength property in the ApplicationHost.config file.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start. In the Start Search box, type Notepad. Right-click Notepad, and then click Run as administrator.

    Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  2. On the File menu, click Open. In the File name box, type %windir%\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationhost.config, and then click Open.
  3. In the ApplicationHost.config file, locate the <requestLimits> node.
  4. Remove the maxAllowedContentLength property. Or, add a value that matches the size of the Content-Length header that the client sends as part of the request. By default, the value of the maxAllowedContentLength property is 30000000.

    For example, modify the following configuration data inside the <requestFiltering> section.
    <requestLimits maxAllowedContentLength ="<length>" />
  5. Save the ApplicationHost.config file.

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Article ID: 942074 - Last Review: March 22, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0
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